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Native Sencha apps with Ext JS 6 and Cordova / PhoneGap

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Last time I played with Cordova, I developed Sencha Touch apps. Been there, done that. Sencha’s new mobile framework, is Ext JS 6. With Ext JS 6 you can create desktop applications or mobile (tablets or phone) apps. And.. you can create universal apps. A universal app, means one Ext JS 6 code base, for any type of device. Whether it’s a phone, a tablet or a desktop app, we let Sencha detect the type of device, browser or OS, and download and serve the right kind of experience for you. That works great for web applications, the so called PWAs, progressive web apps. But what if you want to create a native app with Ext JS?

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How to integrate the ext-electron package with your own project.

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At SenchaCon 2016, Sencha introduced their open sourced ext-electron package. https://github.com/sencha/electron-demo. Electron is a framework (created by Github) for creating native applications with web technologies like JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.

It’s what’s Cordova/PhoneGap is for mobile. A native wrapper, a native shell/project with a browser inside that runs your app. Thus, if you can create web apps, you can create native desktop apps. You can create native apps for Linux, Windows 32 & 64bit and Mac OSX.

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Make a native build with Ext JS 5, Sencha Cmd 5 and Phonegap / Cordova with plugins.

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With the release of Ext JS 5; we finally have Touch experience in the framework. So yes, you can start creating tablet applications. Maybe you are now wondering, can I also package Ext JS 5 apps with Apache Cordova or Adobe Phonegap, so I can sell my app in the App Stores? Well yes, you can! Here are the steps I took; for porting my app with Cordova/Phonegap.

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